Kevin P. Browne MSN, RN, CCRN, has been a nurse for 31 years. A member of the Executive Nursing Leadership Team at Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in New York City, Kevin is the Deputy Chief Nursing Officer and is responsible for the integration of practice, quality and education for 3000 + Registered Nurses. Previous to this position, Kevin was the Director, Critical Care and Pediatric Nursing Services at MSK; Nurse Leader, Cardiac Surgical Services at Maimonides Medical Center (MMC); Cardiothoracic Clinical Nurse Specialist at MMC; Critical Care Educator at New York Hospital (NYH); and Staff Nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgical Recovery NYH.
Kevin achieved a BS with a major in Nursing from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center School of Nursing in 1987 and an MS in Nursing from Columbia University School of Nursing in 1992. He is licensed in New York State as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at St. Peter’s University. Kevin is certified by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Kevin resides in Brooklyn with his 2 children.
Administrator HS Nursing Quality/Research/Education/EBPThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
As Administrator for Health System Nursing at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Dr. Buck has oversight for nursing quality, research, EBP and nursing education, across 5 hospitals in the health system. As the Chief Nursing Officer for University Hospital and the Department of Medical Surgical and Women and Infants, Dr. Buck has oversight for the nursing practice and clinical operations for the departments. Her clinical background resides in Maternal–Child Health and Nursing Administration, where she has served in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, assistant professor, director of nursing, to nursing administrator in various medical settings. Recently, Dr. Buck was the director of nursing for the women and infants department. In this role, she successfully implemented family center maternity care in the department and led her team to successful Ohio Department of Health Maternity Licensure surveys. Prior to this role, she served as director of nursing for the clinical research center (CRC), where she led the nursing team that provided nursing support to researchers for study implementation and data collection. In her current role, Dr. Buck leads an innovative, professional team of medical surgical and women and infants nursing. In her health system role, she collaborates with nurse leaders across the medical center to monitor, maintain and continuously improve nurse sensitive quality indicators (NDNQI), promote nursing research and EPB, and provide optimal educational opportunities for staff. She has experience in leading research and nursing evidence based practice solutions across the health system. Dr. Buck is a member of ANA, AONE, CGEAN, OONE and Sigma Theta Tau International: Epsilon Chapter.
Nursing Excellence and Research CoordinatorMississippi Baptist Medical Center
Tina Magers has over 36 years of experience as an RN in roles ranging from a critical care nurse to nursing instructor. The last seventeen years Tina has worked in nursing professional development in a community based acute care hospital in a variety of roles. She currently is board certified in nursing professional development, has a graduate certificate in evidence-based practice, and holds a doctorate in nursing education and administration. She enjoys her roles at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, MS, as the Nursing Excellence and Research Coordinator and delights in opportunities to mentor others in evidence-based practice. She leads and coordinates the journey to excellence for Magnet® designation at her hospital. Tina led their journey to success in 2017 as the first hospital in Mississippi to achieve this recognition and she was recognized as the Nurse of Year in her organization.
Professional Development Nurse SpecialistNationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Opperman has worked in professional development for 30 years and held faculty positions for over 20 years. She is the EBP Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she teaches and mentors others on the EBP process. She has mentored and been part of the CTEP and now the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare immersion team since the beginning.
Associate Professor and Chair Wilson School of NursingMidwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX
Dr. Kathleen Williamson PhD, MSN, RN, is Professor and Chair of the Wilson School of Nursing. She provides oversight and leadership to direct, promote and facilitate a culture that promotes student and faculty engagement and encourages collaborations with other health professionals, breaking down educational silos. She continues to promote the integration of technology and evidence-based practice (EBP) with healthcare professionals and educators through community partnerships, workshops, and educational coursework. She is enthusiastic, creative, energetic, and passionate about teaching and researching topics such as technology in nursing education and the integration of EBP in academic and clinical settings. Dr. Williamson continues to work with a variety of healthcare disciplines in integrating the best evidence in order to influence health policy, patient outcomes, and disseminating evidence to advance the practice across all healthcare settings.
Director of Nursing EBPMemorial Sloan Kettering Comprehensive Cancer Center
Nancy G. Houlihan is the Director of Nursing, EBP at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York. She has been a certified oncology nurse for over thirty years, with particular expertise in evidence-based management of cancer treatment and disease-related side effects and care of cancer survivors. In her current role she has partnered with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in implementation of an extensive program at MSK to ensure the delivery of evidence based care across the organization. Ms Houlihan has lectured internationally and published extensively about the evidence-based care standards for people with cancer and organizational system design for best practices in care of survivors.
Associate Director Patient Care Services Nurse ExecutiveDepartment of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Dr. Penelope F. Gorsuch is the Associate Director, Patient Care Services for the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. She began serving in this capacity January 23, 2017. Prior to her selection, she served as a Colonel in the United States Air Force (USAF) with her last assignment as Dean and Chief Nurse, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, 711th Human Performance Wing, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Ohio. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has recognized Dr. Gorsuch as a Content Expert in Evidence-based Practice (EBP). Dr. Gorsuch has been appointed to the VA’s EBP Field Advisory Committee. She is adjunct faculty and serves on the Academic and Strategic Planning Board for Wright-State University College of Nursing. Also, she is a part-time lecturer for The Ohio State University College of Nursing and a member of the Fuld Institute for EBP Steering Committee. She is the Primary Investigator on an EBP TriService Nursing Research Grant entitled: “Impact of Formal Education on Evidence-based Practice Competence of Nurse Teams.”
Clinical Policy Oversight ManagerChildren’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
Kathleen is the Clinical Policy Oversight Manager at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She has been a Pediatric Nurse for over 30 years and is passionate about ensuring that all frontline staff have access to evidence based policies and procedures. When policies and procedures are easy to find, easy to read and easy to follow, patients get the best possible care.
Director of Health System Nursing Quality and EBPThe Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ruth Labardee is the Director of Health System Nursing Quality and Evidence-Based Practice at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) and an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing. Her professional background includes nursing policy development, nursing education and maternal newborn nursing. Ruth is committed to ensuring that “the evidence” is considered whenever nursing practice decisions are made.
Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse SpecialistSinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Amanda Shrout, MSN, RN, CCNS, CEN is an Adult Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist currently covering the ED, ICU and Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Amanda is certified as an Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist and in Emergency Nursing. Amanda has over 10 years of nursing experience ranging from a bedside clinician to nursing administration. She is passionate about spreading evidence-based practice across health systems and has worked with the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare since 2015.